Reed Scherer was born and raised in Brooklyn. A member of the Northern Illinois University faculty of Geology and Environmental Geosciences since 2000, he holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Before NIU, he held positions in Massachusetts and Sweden.
The arc of his research career spans the spectrum from the smallest of fossils (diatoms) to the largest (dinosaurs). Most of his research relates to the vulnerability of the Antarctic ice sheet to climate change. He has been to Antarctica many times since the mid 1980s, where he drills through the ice sheet and into the seafloor beneath to reveal its history.
He has an all NIU family; his wife, "a Viking from a small island in Denmark," works in research compliance and their daughter is a Summa Cum Laude NIU graduate in Accountancy.
His hobbies? "Cooking and sarcasm."